By; DAHIRU SULEIMAN, Dutse
Arrangenents have been concluded by the Jigawa State Independent Electoral Commission (JISIEC) to hold local government elections on June 26, this year, the commission’s Chairman, Alh Adamu A. Ibrahim has announced.
Addressing a stakeholder’s meeting at the commission’s conference hall, he assured of the commitment of the commission to conduct free and fair polls, calling on the 12 participating political parties to abide by the rules and guidelines of the election process.
He stressed that the success of this exercise depends on the level of collaborations amongst the commission’s personnel, and the stakeholders.
He pledged that the commission will strive hard to maintain its hard earned reputation regarding timely opening and closing of the polls, stressing that election materials would be supplied to relevant levels in large quantity for smooth conduct of the exercise.
During the conference, the commission detailed time table of activities was distributed to the stakeholders to serve as a guide in fixing N500,000 as fees for Chairmanship positions, while N250,000 as fees for Councillorship nomination forms which will commence on May 12, this year.
According to Roni, verification of candidates for the council polls will commence from May 13 to 27 as usual, the commission will play a level playing ground for all the participating political parties in the forthcoming council polls.
“You can bear me witness that the commission had done well in the previous elections and we are even more determined to record more success this time around,” said the JISIEC Chairman.
But for Aminu Jahun of the PDP, he doubted the ability of JISIEC to conduct a transparent election.
“We are yet to witness transparent polls in Jigawa State, compared to self imposition of candidates by the ruling party in previous elections,” he said.
Speaking in the same vein, Adamu Isa Indallahi of the Accord Party, enjoined JISIEC to live above board in upholding its promise to be transparent, fair and just amongst the participating political parties in the forthcoming council polls.